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Windows 7: Moving the hard drive with OS to another computer.

24 Sep 2010   #21
bobtran

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by claib1 View Post
OK. So I tried the custom install as suggested. Got a little farther. The drive I copied the image to is working fine. I tested it on another computer and was able to open files and navigate folders normally.

My new problem is now the install program for Windows 7 won't recognize the disk at all. What is funny is it asks me to browse for a driver to load so that it can find a hard drive. Under the choices to browse is the hard drive that I am trying to install windows to. I can open folders and browse normally, but it won't recognize it as a drive available to install windows 7 to.

I am at a loss as what to try next.

Any Ideas???

Thanks
Quick answer: Install Linux on the drive and windows will see it. Then install Windows using the whole drive. Don't bother to format to NTFS with the Linux installer, Windows7 does not like the format....just reformat with the Windows media.


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24 Sep 2010   #22
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by claib1 View Post
My new problem is now the install program for Windows 7 won't recognize the disk at all.
Wipe the HD of all code: SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

After Diskpart Clean All command completes, continue in Diskpart with these commands:
Create Partition Primary
Select Partition 1
Format
Active
Exit

Now try install again with all other HD's and USB devices unplugged. Report back.
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27 Sep 2010   #23
claib1

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post

If it won't start, then you can try booting into Safe Mode to change the chipset and display drivers which will often start it, or try other drivers until it starts if it will. Some have reported that Startup Repair will also start which makes sense because the MBR might not be read as before, or other of the many tests might start it.
The problem with this is that I can't get to that point. If I reboot without a windows disk in the drive, it just goes to a black screen with a single cursor in the top left corner that flashes. I have let it set there for more than an hour and it never goes any further.
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27 Sep 2010   #24
claib1

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Wipe the HD of all code: SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

After Diskpart Clean All command completes, continue in Diskpart with these commands:
Create Partition Primary
Select Partition 1
Format
Active
Exit

Now try install again with all other HD's and USB devices unplugged. Report back.

Thanks. Will try this one. Looks promising.
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27 Sep 2010   #25
claib1

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by claib1 View Post
My new problem is now the install program for Windows 7 won't recognize the disk at all.
Wipe the HD of all code: SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

After Diskpart Clean All command completes, continue in Diskpart with these commands:
Create Partition Primary
Select Partition 1
Format
Active
Exit

Now try install again with all other HD's and USB devices unplugged. Report back.
This picture is actually were I am having issues. My hard drive is recognized in the other computer but it won't show in this screen


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27 Sep 2010   #26
orbitsville

Win XP Pro, 32 bit
 
 

the drama is outstanding, 5.6, 4.2, 0.1 bla bla bla
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27 Sep 2010   #27
gregrocker

 

Did you partition, format and mark it active?

This often will make it detected if it doesn't show up in Win7 installer but does register in BIOS setup.

If this doesn't work, check for newer BIOS version update on your computer or mobo Support Downloads webpage.

Then check your SATA controller setting in BIOS: Try AHCI first, then IDE mode.

Next Clear CMOS

Test your RAM with memtest86 CD for 5-6 passes.

Then test your HD with maker's full diag/repair CD scan: Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities
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27 Sep 2010   #28
kodi

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by claib1 View Post

My new problem is now the install program for Windows 7 won't recognize the disk at all. What is funny is it asks me to browse for a driver to load so that it can find a hard drive.

Any Ideas???

Thanks
If this is a SATA drive you will need to install the Drivers for your Sata Controller before it will recognize the drive
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28 Sep 2010   #29
spyknee

W7 Ulti/64, XP Pro/32
 
 

The W7 OS install disk should create two partitions,
1 for system reserved, called "partition 0" and
2, primary partition, "partition 1".
Using the W7 disk, delete all partitions on the drive. Reboot. When the proper screen is advanced to, pictured above, select new and create partition. Should make the two. Select the primary partition and format it. Follow instructions to continue install. At Reboot, enter bios and select hard drive as primary boot drive. Reboot and continue install.

I just used the W7 install disk to align an SSD for an XP install. In my case I had to delete the created system reserve partition to achieve install. W7 needs that system reserved partition. XP does not. Got a disk error with XP and a system reserved partition. The install disk saw the 0 partition as C:\.

Your pic above shows only 1 partition.????????????????

The W7 disk has all kinds of drivers with it, it should practically install itself.
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28 Sep 2010   #30
kodi

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by spyknee View Post
The W7 OS install disk should create two partitions,
1 for system reserved, called "partition 0" and
2, primary partition, "partition 1".
Using the W7 disk, delete all partitions on the drive. Reboot. When the proper screen is advanced to, pictured above, select new and create partition. Should make the two. Select the primary partition and format it. Follow instructions to continue install. At Reboot, enter bios and select hard drive as primary boot drive. Reboot and continue install.

I just used the W7 install disk to align an SSD for an XP install. In my case I had to delete the created system reserve partition to achieve install. W7 needs that system reserved partition. XP does not. Got a disk error with XP and a system reserved partition. The install disk saw the 0 partition as C:\.

Your pic above shows only 1 partition.????????????????

The W7 disk has all kinds of drivers with it, it should practically install itself.

This will not work because windows can't find the Hard drive.
The first thing to do is get windows to recognize the hard drive then it can install the OS on it.
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